Tea with Carina – Fans absent from the NBA Finals

Fans were noticeably absent from the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history. The energy was absent from the stands and it resonated clearly on the court. What normally would have been overflowing with energetic family and friends, much like when the Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant’s signature 2010 championship win against the Boston Celtics, the celebration left for an empty feeling on the court just moments after such a significant win.

The NBA bubble proved to be the right setting for this season’s version of the Lakers and their championship quest and although it was an exciting win for the city of Los Angeles as fans made their way to the downtown location of STAPLES Center, the court in Orlando was noticeably free of chaos and revelry. 

The Lakers, behind LeBron James and Anthony Davis, took down Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat in five games to win the 2020 NBA Finals.  in what the NBA called the “NBA Bubble” in Walt Disney Worlds’ Bay Lake location as an isolation zone for the players and employees.

Feb. 21, 2020 © Mark Hammond/News4usonline – Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James powers his way to the basket against the Memphis Grizzlies.

The win for the Lakers was something that fans have been hoping for and waiting on for 10 years. The passing of Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, along with seven others in a helicopter crash earlier this year made the Lakers title run even more special to fans. 

With Los Angeles posting a decisive Game 5 win against the Heat, the court cleared with seconds left on the clock. The Lakers knew it was their win, their court, their game, and their title. After a 10-year drought, the Lakers, once again, were NBA champs. The Lakers’ victorious best-of-seven series win against the Heat makes it the 17th time that Los Angeles has proved to the league and everyone else that they are the NBA’s best.

The spoils of victory is contagious. After James helped the Lakers beat the Heat, he was named the NBA Finals MVP. It is the fourth time that James has won the award. won the  There were many moments throughout the last final seconds that were sure to touch anyone’s soul.

The once scenario It was hard to see the court as empty as it was. The lack of rushing family and friends, management teams, the energy of the crowds loud cheering rumbling across the floors. COVID-19 brought the NBA bubble to finish the job, and although it was a thank you to its ability to keep the players safe, the absence of the LA fanbase was missing in the stands. 

Boston Celtics star Kevin Garnett has his shot challenged by the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant in the NBA Finals.

It was almost impossible to not relate that moment back to Kobe’s 2010 win – his iconic rush to the fans that created one of the most iconic photo moments of Kobe and his celebration.

And although fans were not in the arena to celebrate with the team, they showed up and showed out once the Lakers officially claimed the championship. STAPLES Center was rushed with crowds and cars. In the midst of a pandemic, it was almost strange to see that many people publicly gather together to celebrate something positive for what seemed like had been ages ago. 

The Los Angeles fanbase is said to be one of the most passionate around – so when the city instantly erupted with energy and celebration, it wasn’t a real surprise. The championship gave Laker fans the opportunity to commemorate something that was a small piece of positivity after an eight-month run with what seemed to be a long period of less than pleasant events. 

We as a fanbase congratulate the Lakers and the efforts they put in not only to the season, but as well as the fight towards social justice, and the ongoing battle with the COVID pandemic. 

The job is finished. 

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